The first phase in the three-step progression aims to test and restore the body’s ability to absorb force.
During every activity that we do, whether it is playing sports, carrying our kids, or just sitting and standing, force enters the body. When the nervous system is activating the muscles properly, the muscles absorb the force that enters the body, and everything works as it should. We can then do our activities over and over again without pain. When the nervous system does not turn the muscles on properly, then force gets diverted into other areas like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, etc. that cannot handle it. Force entering these other areas is the cause of pain and injury.
Application of In-Balance allows us to find where in the nervous system that signal to the muscles is being obstructed and get rid of that block. The process is similar to opening a highway with lanes blocked off for construction — the In-Balance therapies open up those additional lanes of traffic, so that more information can be sent to the muscles. With the appropriate neurological signal reaching the muscles, they can turn on and keep force away from the injured area. At this point we have laid the foundation for healing and are ready to move on to step two: eliminating the charge of injury.
First, we begin by using the ARP to pinpoint the origin of the injury. We’ll start by placing a pad on the area where the patient feels the most pain, and move the ARP around to find the “hot spot,” which is the spot that causes the most intense sensation and is the real source of the problem. More often than not, we find the real problem to actually be in a different area than the pain. The symptom that one feels is where the problem ended up, not where it began.
Next, we begin treatment with the ARP on the hot spots. Remember that the reason the injury happened in the first place was the inability of muscles to absorb force. We have now found those muscles that could not absorb the force that entered our client’s body and will have our injured client move while the ARP is properly activating those muscles. Most importantly, this combination rapidly reprograms compensation patterns. During this phase the ARP is also helping us achieve joint mobility and build strength, which allows us to compress into one phase what traditional physical therapy will break into several, much longer steps.
As we continue through the ARP treatments, the muscles that could not absorb force rapidly learn to do so. They are able to keep more and more force out of the injured area, sparing it from the further aggravation that can slow the healing process. At the same time our treatments are drawing massive amounts of blood to the area and flushing inflammation out, which allows the body’s innate healing mechanisms to work at their highest potential. The end result is that the true origin of the problem is repaired, and we are ready to progress to step three: strength rehabilitation.